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Poster: Skobud Date: May 24, 2013 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

We have finally secured our own domain and moved. Transitive Axis is now located at:

http://www.ta.speedingarrow.net

Its been a long time coming and I'm just glad we have secure private hosting. The bots and ads and popups and all that other BS at Forumup is basically making that entire system unusable.

Anyhow, feel free to stop by and check the place out. Registration just takes a second and we would love any and all input from new members. The old place will remain up as an archive as all of the members are working to move as much as we can over. Hope you stop in, even to just take a look around or to lurk from time to time. We've put a ton of work into it in the past few days, and I hope to see some of you there.

This post was modified by Skobud on 2013-05-24 23:40:26

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Poster: mklsgl Date: May 25, 2013 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

Never knew this existed. Thanks. I'm registering now.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 24, 2013 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

This is an example of some Transitive Axis reviews on one topic, slightly rearranged -
http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2013/05/dark-star-1978-1984-roundtable.html

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Poster: Reade Date: May 25, 2013 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

That's a wonderful piece on the 5 Dark Stars between '74 to '89.

Once the 12/31/78 bootleg landed in my lap sometime in '79 I remember having a deep and sort of philosophical discussion with my brother about the Dark Star bust-out for the closing of Winterland. I thought Dark Star should happen when it happens- the result of pure musical inspiration, or not at all. Intentionally dusting it off for a special occasion was too ......premeditated for me. Sacrilegious for sure. He thought it perfectly appropriate to mark the occasion with the bust-out. We just couldn't find common ground on that one.
Bill Graham really requested that one? I had never heard that.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 25, 2013 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

From the book Bill Graham Presents, Graham said:

"Before the closing show, I wrote a letter to the Dead. Basically, I asked them to please rehearse for this gig. I told them there were certain songs people wanted to hear that they had not played in a long time. The Dead had a history of never making a setlist for any show. But I felt that this was a special situation."

So, he might not have requested Dark Star specifically, but it certainly applied. (You remember the banner, "1535 days since last SF Dark Star"...)

10/9/89 would be another example of a planned, premeditated Dark Star dusted off for a special occasion! Did you change your mind by '89?

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Poster: Reade Date: May 25, 2013 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

Oh, absolutely not. It'll never be special if it's trotted out like some show horse to mark an occasion. In my book anyway.

That piece was packed with Jerry quotes relative to Dark Star that I've never seen. And many of them (the ones were he was saying he simply didn't have anything left to say with it) sounded exactly like what was wrong with those Dark Stars that came along between '91 and '93. I wondered why they were doing them- they were so mechanical and stiff, not to mention quite short. Why did they bother, especially in light of everything he said? Why Jerry why?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 25, 2013 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

The irony is, by the time Garcia was interviewed for the Grayfolded CD, the Dead had already stopped doing Dark Star again, so when he's talking about his hopes for what Dark Star can be, it's a complete lie!
For Garcia by that time, though, most Dead songs probably felt like just clocking in.

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Poster: Reade Date: May 26, 2013 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Goin' Where the Wind don't Blow so Strange

So true.

Another irony, if that's the word, is how he seemed to be talking about the limitations of the tune as a rationale for dropping it. How it was so 'simple' that they had just exhausted the possibilities.
What a way to frame it! Instead of 'simple,' another could easily suggest the tune is simply open ended, lending itself to extensive (more) exploration. But- and here's the kicker- ONLY among a collection of players that somehow managed to maintain the quality of their musical interactions over time.
It's easier (to say the least) to cite real or manufactured shortcomings of the tune itself than to discuss the relative vibrancy of the bands musical conversation from one era to the next.
Maybe it was ultimately out of an unspoken, collective respect for the glorious terrain covered that explains the band granting the tune it's long sabbatical. I'd like to think so.